A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant acoustics of the University of California at Berkeley Museum’s concrete interior were especially appropriate for “Four Organs”, with its long additive sustained chords over a maraca pulse. The capacity crowd occupied every conceivable area of the interior space, including walkway ramps suspended over gallery spaces. It was an electrifying evening!
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November 23, 2007 Subject:
I have always been a fan of Steve Reich. So wonderful to hear a live interpretation of some of his work.
"The modern day composer refuses to die." - Edgar Varese.
January 23, 2004 Subject:
at the very least, it is fascinating to be able to compare live performances of "4 organs", "piano phases" and "phase patterns" with the original recordings. "my name is" is a piece constructed in the style of "it's gonna rain" and "come out", albeit not as dense or complex. constructed from recording assorted persons waiting in line for the concert, people were requested to respond to the question, "what is your name?", and selections were constructed and presented as a performance in time for the concert. not as interesting ss "come out", but impressive for the quick turn-around time for performance. sound: A/performance: A.
- d. whitney quinn
January 21, 2004 Subject:
Steve Reich at UCB
I have to admit, it is amazing to hear myself announce the program 33 years later. Thanks to the OM staff for resurrecting this tape and making it available. You have to remember that at that time nothing like this had been heard on Bay Area FM radio. I had attended an early performance of 4 Organs in 1967 (I think) at an art gallery on Laguardia Place in Greenwich Village, and was quite astounded by it then. No one knew what to make of it. Reich and others managed to establish the "Downtown Avant-Garde" in NYC, in opposition to the Uptown AG around Columbia Univ and Milton Babbitt. The pieces on this UCB program drew a clear line in the sand, and changed the direction of new music in the late '60s and '70s.
-- Richard Friedman, Oakland CA.